Pheidole ceres
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005
Pheidole ceres is a small species adapted to the short growing season and cooler temperatures at high-elevation sites in the American southwest.  Most Pheidole species are tropical.

USA AZ Cochise Co. 11.9 km W Portal, near Rustler's Park. 31º55'N 109º16'W 2500m.
Coniferous forest, under stone.
11.viii.2005   #AW2683, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.